Health cards to be issued to all employees

Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Health minister Ashok Jugnauth announced Friday the introduction shortly of a health card for every employee in the country.
"Each employee will be examined by an occupational health physician and given a card for a follow-up visit," he said.
The minister was addressing the annual conference of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Management at Mont Choisy in the north of the island.
Jugnauth also said that a health quality laboratory would be built at Reduit, 12 km south of Port Louis.
"The laboratory would be a modern one and it would be provided with equipment of the latest technology to carry out, among other things, the biological monitoring of workers exposed to hazardous substances, specific tests like audiometric, lung function and vision tests for those exposed to noise and dust," he said.
Labour and industrial relations minister Showkatally Soodhun said each accident has a direct and indirect costs in terms of health care, recruitment and replacement of staff, retraining and productivity.
"There are also many implications on the family and on social welfare," he said.
Adding his voice to the issue, environment minister Rajesh Bhagwan emphasised on the need for industries to abide by security and safety regulations.
"In many cases, even when safety rules exist, accidents still occur simply because these rules are not followed," he said.

05 may 2001 13:16:00

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